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Remote detection of explosives with multispectral imaging
Author(s): H. C. Schau
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Paper Abstract

Despite its renewed interest, remote sensing of explosives has proven to be difficult due to the low vapor pressure of the agents. In this paper we discuss a method to detect residue of explosive agents on fabric and clothing using Multi Spectral Imaging. Such a technique will aid in the detection of bomb making activities and individuals. While limited to line of sight only, Multi Spectral Imaging has much to recommend it including inspection of clothing in public places, luggage, and potential locations for bomb manufacture. This paper presents the basic techniques developed for detection of trace TNT and reports the results of several limited field trials. Imaging hardware is discussed and processing methodology is reviewed with some demonstrations of the identification difficulty for explosives and other false targets commonly found. The use of other spectral bands is presented with the goal of eliminating common false targets.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 May 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7304, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Sensing X, 730414 (8 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.814642
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H. C. Schau, Meridian Systems LLC (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7304:
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Sensing X
Augustus W. Fountain; Patrick J. Gardner, Editor(s)

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